October 28. 2013 1:09PM

Halloween-dressed suspects sought for Gilford, Ashland crimes

Union Leader Correspondent

GILFORD – An armed robbery in Gilford early Sunday and an attempted armed robbery in Ashland later that morning are believed to be connected, say police.

Gilford police were called to the Big Apple store at 4 Country Club Road just after midnight Sunday. Two masked robbers entered the store and pointed a handgun at the clerk, demanding all the money in the register.  An undisclosed amount was handed over and the thieves fled on food, according to police.

Then, about 10 a.m. Sunday, there was an attempted robbery at the Circle K at 19 West St. in Ashland, according to Ashland Police Lt. Don Marren.

While the manager was in a backroom, security cameras recorded two people enter the store wearing the same masks as those worn in Gilford, Marren said, like the mask from the movie "Scream".

The clerk was fortunate she was in a safe place, Marren said.

"She had opened the door and gone in the back office," he said. "(The suspects) had originally seen her behind the counter."

Video cameras across the road at Ashland Lumber recorded the robbery attempt and showed the suspects drive away in a Volkswagen Passat, Marren said.  That gave police enough detail to link the suspects to the Gilford robbery.

"We feel very strongly that the two incidents involved the same suspects," Marren said.

Anyone with information can contact  Gilford police at 527-4737 or Ashland police at 968-4000.